Helping Teachers Reach English Language Learners
ELD for All: Writing Enhancement for All Learners
Classroom proven lessons to encourage writing with fun stories for EL students
Shogo – November 13, 2015:
I disagree. Although it’s true that no two chedirln are alike, it simply easier AND more effective to prepare, teach, and remediate a lesson if the gap between the high level and low level in the class is not too great. Am I suggesting that we shuttle the low performers off to dummyville , there to wilt away in cut-and-pasteland?NO. What I am suggesting is that throwing together gifted and near-illiterate (or innumerate) students, and expecting that the teacher will, somehow, wave the magic teacher wand and sprinkle differentiation fairy-dust, and magically facilitate incredible levels of learning to be frankly dumb.The gifted deserve more than boredom, unpaid tutoring of their peers, and learning to hate school.The average deserve more than being ignored in favor of teacher trying to keep the gifted from driving her crazy, and the non-gifted from sitting there with a glazed look on their faces.The non-gifted deserve the chance to learn in a setting that allows them to achieve their best, not feel stupid, surrounded by other students who sigh loudly when they don’t get it when the rest of the class does.The current anti-tracking fad is driven by parents who can’t accept that their child isn’t up to the skills levels of the average student. The jamming of the gifted students in regular classrooms is driven by administrators who want to keep the costs down by eliminating gifted classes.
Fikriye – November 13, 2015:
Students identified as gifetd can be challenged in such an environment at the same time that students of lower levels can be included in class activities on their own level.Perhaps they can. But surely the relevant question is do gifetd kids, special education kids, and average kids learn more in such an environment than they do in classrooms when the teacher can spend more time working with the whole class since the whole class is on a more equal learning?Universities and the workplace themselves are set up heterogenously. However training programmes are often set up separately. I have learnt subjects as an adult ranging from skiing to scuba-diving to foreign languages. Schools in those subjects do not attempt to educate everyone simultaneously, instead they split up students based on the students’ starting skill level, and give lessons to a more homogenous group.What you are missing here is the teacher’s time. Learning is not just about the kids, it’s also about the teacher, the expert. If the teacher is having to cope with 30 completely different lessons, they are less effective at passing on their knowledge than if they can work with groups at a more even level.
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